Congratulations to Dr Joseph Kakisingi for winning the prestigious IRD-GL Peace Prize.

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Dr Joseph is the founder and director of St Vincents Medical Center in Bukavu. Project Congo has been working with St Vincent since 2012. Dr Joseph is a tireless crusader for public health and social justice. He built St Vincent up from a failing local clinic to a thriving district hospital that provides high quality care to the poor. Under his direction the center has collaborated with Colibri an Italian NGO and Project Congo, to build a modern maternity and neonatal facility, laboratory, X-ray, and pharmacy with drug compounding capabilities. He has worked with both organizations to further medical training both on site and in Italy. He has pioneered telemedicine in the region to access specialists and online consultations. To improve access to care, Dr Joseph has built neighborhood clinic, pharmacies and senior citizen centers. He has also worked on local food distribution and agricultural projects to address nutritional needs. Dr Jospeh has fought for the dignity and health of women. Providing life saving obstetric and gynecology care as well as compassionate are for victims of sexual violence. St Vincents is one of the few facilities in the area that does perineal fistula and gynecological repairs. Dr Joseph also founded SAD, an organization that shelters victims of sexual violence and provides vocational training. In addition Dr Jospeh has been instrumental in launching various public health campaigns and initiatives. Since the onset of the Covid Pandemic he and his musical group “Hope and Peace” have been producing public service informational podcasts, videos and radio programs to promote social distancing and mask usage. He has formed women’s cooperatives to make and distribute masks. His efforts won him the distinction of “Local Hero” from international aid organizations. Dr Joseph is an inspiration to all of us! We look forward to continuing our work with him to bring health and hope to the Congo
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